Scotland’s First Minister has claimed compliance with new rules making face coverings mandatory in shops is “probably close to 100%”.
Nicola Sturgeon based the comment on anecdotal evidence she had heard, social media and her own experience in shops over the weekend.
The rule came into force on Friday, after the Scottish Government spent previous weeks strongly recommending the coverings are worn in retail settings.
Ms Sturgeon said that, before it was made mandatory, the wearing of face coverings was “patchy” in Scotland.
Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing on coronavirus in Edinburgh, the First Minister said: “I think we’ve gone from it being pretty patchy up until now to compliance probably being quite close to 100%.
“I don’t take that for granted, we have to see what compliance is like next weekend and the weekend after that but certainly – both from the anecdotal feedback I’ve had and from what I observed with my own eyes yesterday and the couple of conversations that I’ve had with shop workers while I was in shops yesterday – compliance is very good now that we’ve made it mandatory.”